Philly to Shut Down 37 Schools, Maybe More

In what is no doubt his biggest move since taking over as Philadelphia Schools Superintendent, William Hite will announce the closure or restructuring of 37 public schools today, a large portion of them in North Philly. No teachers will be fired, but other SDP employees will probably lose their jobs. The schools were selected mostly because they’re underperforming, though officials say the consolidation is also a response to rise of charter schools, which have siphoned away 50,000 students in the last decade. [Inquirer]